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For more than 50 years Emmanuel Christian Seminary has been preparing men and women for effective ministry. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of ministries including preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, campus ministry, hospital and military chaplaincy, and cross-cultural missions.

Admission Requirements

On the basis of guidelines issued by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, admission to Emmanuel Christian Seminary is granted on the basis of the following criteria:

Masters programs

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a US agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the demonstrated educational equivalent of a North American baccalaureate degree
  2. Evidence of academic, personal, and spiritual preparation that demonstrate potential for making a contribution to church and society
  3. Evidence of capability for continued graduate-level studies, having developed to a satisfactory degree the ability to think independently, to communicate effectively, and to research adequately, as indicated in writing up a critical incident from ministry experience.
  4. A broad undergraduate education with a strong general education core is desirable

Doctoral Program

  1. An earned Master of Divinity or its equivalent from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools††.
  2. Three years of ministerial experience.
  3. Evidence of academic, personal, and spiritual preparation that demonstrate potential for making a contribution to church and society.
  4. Evidence of capability of graduate-level studies, having developed to a satisfactory degree the ability to think independently, to communicate effectively, and to research adequately.
  5. A broad undergraduate education with a strong general education core is desirable.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary welcomes qualified students regardless of age, race, sex, disability, color, or national or ethnic origin. Admission is open to qualified students from any church body or theological tradition.

Provisional Status:

The Admissions Committee will determine any deficiencies and will specify how they are to be made up. Students with such deficiencies may be admitted provisionally, but restricted as to the number of Emmanuel courses they may take until the requirements are met. No student can apply for degree candidacy while on provisional admittance status. 

†Under exceptional circumstances, a student without a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, or Master of Christian Ministries program on a probationary status. The rare exception to this policy will be based upon the normal considerations for admission, plus age, years of experience, and history of excellence in ministry. The Academic Dean, with the assistance of the Admissions Committee, will review any exceptions. History of excellence in ministry is assessed on the basis of a letter of recommendation from an official representative of the applicant’s church, references from 2 additional persons (4 total references) acquainted with the applicant’s ministry, and an essay on the applicant’s goals for graduate studies written by the applicant and demonstrating a sound rationale for the exception. The letter of recommendation, references, and essay must be submitted to the Dean’s office along with the application to the program. Once a provisionally-accepted student has successfully completed 18 credit hours in the appropriate program with a 3.0 or better, the probationary status will be removed.

††MDiv equivalency will be determined in reference to Emmanuel’s MDiv program guidelines. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Doctor of Ministry Admissions Committee.

Steps to Apply

  1. APPLICATION: Complete and submit your official application, including the essay (or critical incident statement for DMin), and personal conduct statement.
  2. APP FEE: Submit a non-refundable application fee of $30. Pay Online or send a check or money order to Milligan College, with the student’s name indicated on the memo line; mail to: ECS Admissions Office, PO Box 550, Milligan College, TN 37682.
  3. TRANSCRIPT: Arrange to have an official transcript sent from each graduate and/or undergraduate institution you have attended.
  4. TWO REFERENCES: Request a reference from two different people, preferably a former college professor, current minister, employer or supervisor. Fill out our online form and we’ll send a request to your references for you »
  5. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Click here for additional requirements »

An application should be received no later than 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which the applicant wishes to enroll. For further information or to schedule a campus visit, please contact Lauren Gullett, Director of Admissions, by mail: One Walker Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601; phone: 423.461.1535 or 800.933.3771; or email: ECS@milligan.edu. Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Tuition & Fees

Emmanuel Christian Seminary is dedicated to seeing our students receive a top quality, graduate level ministerial education. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the nation among seminaries and we strive to award our students top scholarships. In addition, when you factor in the cost of living for our area, Emmanuel is a great value!

Tuition $470/credit hour
Fees

Technology Fee (MCMin, MDiv, MAR, DMin, Cert. in CMin): 6+ credit hours
Technology Fee (MCMin, MDiv, MAR, DMin, Cert. in CMin): 1-5 credit hours
Graduate Student Activity Fee (MDiv, MAR): 6+ credit hours
Graduate Student Activity Fee (MDiv, MAR): 1-5 credit hours
Lifetime Academic Records Fee
Course Audit Fee

 

$250/semester
$125/semester
$75/semester
$50/semester
$75 (one time)
$100/credit hour

Scholarships

We are committed to making your graduate degree affordable and will work with you individually to explore all of the options available to finance your education. One of our goals is to keep your student loan debt at a minimum. For this reason, we offer many institutional scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition. Most students at Emmanuel are eligible for some level of a scholarship. Emmanuel offers a payment plan which will allow you to make payments for the remaining balance of your tuition during the semester while ensuring that the balance is paid before the next semester begins.

To learn more about available scholarships, email or call the Admissions Office at 1-800-933-3771.

Scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

2016-2017 SCHOLARSHIPS »

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Timeline

OCTOBER 1

  • Complete FAFSA

DECEMBER 1

  • Students begin to receive financial aid package letters

FEBRUARY 1

  • Accept your awards

To help offset the cost of tuition,you have the option of applying for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.  The interest rate of the Unsubsidized Loan is 5.31% and accrues while you are in school. These loans require Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for all first time borrowers and Exit Loan Counseling for all borrowers who are graduating, not returning to Emmanuel, or have dropped below at least a half-time enrollment status.

To apply for a student loan, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please use the Milligan College school code, 003511. Read more important information about the FAFSA here »

Your loan funds will be received by the school via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Stafford loans are disbursed in two equal disbursements for the MDiv and MAR and four disbursements for the MCMin, for the academic year. You will receive an award letter before the beginning of the academic year which will indicate the amount of institutional funds and unsubsidized loan funds for which you qualify; however, you can reduce or reject the student loan by indicating such when the letter is returned.

For questions and more information about federal loans, contact Diane Keasling, the Financial Aid Coordinator, at  DLKeasling@milligan.edu or 423.461.8968.

International Students

Emmanuel has a long history of admitting international students. We would love to have you join the Emmanuel community as you continue your ministry preparation.

In addition to the application process outlined above, International students also must: 

  1. Present a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), except in special cases when the applicant is from a country in which English is the common language.
    • Normally, the TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 6.5.
    • Please have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Emmanuel’s Admissions Office.
    • Students who do not have access to the online version of the test should contact the Dean’s Office at Emmanuel for further instructions.
  2. Complete and submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility; the student should provide it as early as possible so that it will not delay the review of the Application for Admission. Please be sure that the total amount of support available to you is equal to the total expenses as estimated by the Office of Admissions. This form should be returned to the Dean’s Office.
    1. Download the Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  3. Along with submission of an Admissions Application, applicant must email a copy of their current passport to ECS@milligan.edu.

Several years ago, the International Student Scholarship was established in an effort to help students with some of the financial burdens of coming to study with us. In recent years, students studying at Emmanuel have come from Brazil, Chile, China, Haiti, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK »

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program website has step-by-step information about studying in the United States. To navigate to the US government ICE website, click here.